Globe Arena, Stockholm
The Globe Arena, the largest spherical building in the world with an inside-height of up
to 85 meters, stands out as a symbol for the city of Stockholm and Sweden. With more than
a million visitors passing through the gates on approximatly 130 event-days it is also one
of the busiest facilities of the continent. Two teams from the swedish Elite League call
the Globe Arena their home, AIK and Djurgårdens IF.
Built in a 2 ½-year-span and inaugurated on the 19th of February 1989 the arena has
not only been used for the home-games of both Stockholm teams but also served as a site
for the annual World Hockey Championships in 1989 and 1995. Right next to the Globe Arena
one can also find an exhibition center (called "Annexet"), another older
indoor-sports arena which can also be used for hockey (the "Hovet Arena") and
Stockholm´s soccer-arena (the "Soederstadion").
The first ever hockey-game at the Globe Arena was played in front of a sold-out
building between AIK and Djurgårdens IF. While AIK scored the honorable first goal ever
at the new shrine of swedish hockey it was Djurgårdens that won the first game by a final
score of 5:2.
With a seating capacity of 13.850 for hockey and up to 16.300 for other events the
arena itself is one of the largest arenas in european hockey but still rather small
compared to NHL standards, off course the visitor will also find corporate suits between
the seating-levels for the normal spectators.
Tips vor visitors
Due to the spherical construction of the building one doesn´t have to fear any obstructed
seats anywhere in the arena, all seats are basically great and the price-tag decides how
far off the ice you are. Due to the smaller size compared to many NHL-arenas there isn´t
really a seat that would be a scary long distance from the ice.
Normally getting tickets shouldn´t be a problem at all for both clubs, even though
attendance figures for Djurgårdens IF are slightly higher than for AIK, which captured
the title seven times during it´s history since being founded in 1921.
The number of real supporters and die-hard-fans of both clubs is probably very much alike,
but due to the fact that Djurgårdens captured the title both in 2000 and 2001 the team
attracts more visitors than AIK which is more of a middle-of-the-pack-team at the moment
and won it´s last title in 1984.
Tickets should only be ordered in advance for playoff-games and off course meetings
between the two arch-rivals during the regular season, for all other games there should be
enough tickets at the box-office prior to the game.
While there are no official standing-room tickets sold at the Globe Arena the supporters
of both clubs always stand at one of the short sides of the rink and turn that part of the
arena in a standing-room section, chanting and singing throughout the event.
Tickets for both teams are priced about the same and should sell between 80 and 250
swedish crowns in the regular season. Top-games such as a DIF vs AIK are always priced a
bit higher, the same can be said for playoff-games where the cheapest seats sell around
180 swedish crowns. There might also be special family-packages for certain games in order
to get more families into the arena.
The whole sports-complex in Stockholm
1. Globe Arena
3. Hovet (other multi-purposes arena)
4. Söderstadion (soccer-stadium)
Seating-chart of the arena
phone-number: +46 8 600 34 00
Monday Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 3pm
At the box-office:
The box office has the same hours as the telephone booking service.
Note that the Globe Arena box office is also always open in connection with scheduled
Directions to the arena
The Stockholm metro (tunnelbanan) is the quickest and easiest way to reach the Globen
area. Line 19 towards Hagsätra and Högdalen goes directly to the Globen metro stop. Line
17 or 18 goes to Gullmarsplan, a short walk to the Globen arenas.
Many different buses go to Gullmarsplan, a few minutes' walk from the Globe Arena.
For example: Number 4, the blue bus, goes from the Radiohuset stop
via Odenplan, Fridhemsplan and Hornstull.
Number 164 goes from the South Hospital via Skanstull.
Number 150 goes from Nacka Strand via Sickla and Södra Hammarbyhamnen.
Number 807 goes from Brandbergens Centrum, via Norra Sköndal.
Number 803 and 805 goes from
If you are approaching on the E4 from the north, drive up onto Essingeleden
and almost immediately exit towards Nynäshamn. You will be on Söderleden
which you follow over the Skanstull bridge. Then turn off at the signs
If you are approaching via Årstalänken just follow the signs marked Globen.
If you are coming from the south, take Nynäsvägen northwards and turn off at
the signs marked Globen.
Links to the teams and the arena
(Djurgårdens IF, team-page on www.swehockey.se)
www.dif.se (official Djurgårdens-page, seems to be only
for their soccer-section)
www.aik.se (official AIK-site)
www.globen.se (the Globe Arena)